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Class of 1980

  • CAS class correspondent: Kathleen Holder

    Hi Class of 1980! Have you been wondering what your classmates are been up to since we graduated? They may be wondering about you too. I am—that’s why I signed on as your new class correspondent. Please share your stories and send updates to the email above. Hope to see you at our 40th reunion (wow!) in June.

    -February 2020

    • Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, a Life in Nature

      Christy Hale BA ’77, MAT ’80 illustrated a children’s book about Ansel Adams, a restless boy who eventually became an iconic nature photographer.

      Posted 05/15/2017
    • The Cambodian Dancer: Sophany’s Gift of Hope

      Christy Hale BA ’77, MAT ’80 illustrated a children’s book about a Cambodian girl forced to leave her old world behind and find a new home in America. The book won a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Silver Medal in the multicultural nonfiction picture book category.

      Posted 01/23/2017
    • 09/01/2013

      Was named in The Best Lawyers in America for the fifth year in a row. Beery, an attorney with Beery Elsner & Hammond, specializes in land use and telecommunications law.

    • 09/01/2013

      Was honored by the Multnomah Bar Association with the 2013 MBA Professionalism Award.
 Brown also was elected secretary/treasurer of the Multnomah Bar Foundation. He is a partner with Cosgrave Vergeer Kester, where his practice focuses on civil appeals in state and federal courts, insurance coverage opinions and litigation, and professional liability defense.

    • 09/01/2011

      Thomas Brown JD ’80 was honored by the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce with the Leadership in Law Award. The award recognizes those individuals whose leadership, both in the legal profession and in the community, has made a positive impact on the state. Brown is a partner with Cosgrave Vergeer Kester in Portland.

    • 06/20/2019

      Brett Buckley JD ’80 is the recipient of the 2019 Washington State Bar Association’s (WSBA) Outstanding Judge Award. Buckley is the presiding district court judge for Thurston County. “I am proud to contribute to and be a member of an organization that has a laser focus on its mission of ‘Serving Justice through Serving People.’ That mission statement served as an impetus for our procedural justice initiative in which we invited out-of-state evaluators to observe how judges and staff relate to all community members, with the aim of uncovering any problematic overt or implicit bias issues,” he says. His court recently created another program, the Court in Schools Initiative, that schedules actual small claims calendars in Thurston County high schools with the goal of showing students how the judicial branch operates. The court is also working to live stream all its proceedings. “The public is better served when the people doing the public’s work do so in the most transparent manner possible,” says Buckley.

    • 09/01/2013

      Was elected
to the board of the Multnomah Bar Foundation. Downing practices in the areas of family law, wills, estates, probate, and real property.

    • 09/01/2013

      Was named in The Best Lawyers in America for the 
fifth year in a row. Elsner, an attorney with Beery Elsner & Hammond, has 30 years of experience as a local government attorney both as in-house counsel and as outside advisor.

    • 09/06/2016

      Was appointed president of the University of Alaska Foundation, which she joined on September 6, 2016. Foley is a partner in the law firm of Foley, Foley & Pearson PC and has practiced law for the past 28 years. She has been active in philanthropic and charitable organizations throughout her professional career. Foley was a long-time member of the board of directors of the Alaska Community Foundation and served as that organization’s interim CEO and president in 2015. She participated as a member of the planned giving goals and visioning committee for United Way of Anchorage, and in 2014 she was the recipient of Alaska’s Outstanding Volunteer in Philanthropy Award from the Alaska Association of Fundraising Professionals.

    • 10/14/2016

      Sheryl Gillilan BA ’80 was elected to join the board of directors for Philippines Humanitarian, a U.S.-based nonprofit that works to provide education to impoverished youth in the Philippines. Gillilan first connected with Filipino culture as a foreign exchange student during high school. She is also executive director of Art Access, a Utah-based nonprofit that offers arts programs for people with disabilities and others with limited arts access.

    • 12/15/2017

      Thomas Hames BS ’80 earned his JD from the University of Denver College of Law in 1983, with licensure in Colorado, Wyoming, and Nevada. Hames is currently senior trial counsel for the Travelers Insurance Company, where he litigates product liability, ski, and injury cases. In addition, he is chair of the board of directors of the 10th Mountain Division Foundation, a charity established to honor the American alpine soldier. He also helped establish a charity license plate in Colorado for the 10th Mountain Division. Hame is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Alaska and completed training as an emergency medical technician. He is a member of the board of directors of the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum in Vail, Colorado.  

    • 02/15/2017

      Thomas Hames BS ’80 joined the board of directors of the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum in Vail, Colorado. He is also the chair of the board of directors of the 10th Mountain Division Foundation, which perpetuates the legacy of World War II’s 10th Mountain Division. As of 2016, Hames has spent 14 years as senior trial counsel for Travelers Insurance Company in Denver.

    • 07/10/2019

      Jason Heald BS ’80, director of music at Umpqua Community College, spoke with the Roseburg, Oregon, paper The News Review about his life and career. The turning point, he says, came when he decided he would rather join a band than be a lawyer. He worked for years as a musician before deciding he’d like to teach. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Portland and a PhD in composition from the University of Oregon. Under Heald’s leadership, Umpqua’s music program has grown significantly.

    • 01/27/2020

      Kathleen Holder BA ’80 works in communications for the College of Letters and Science at the University of California at Davis. In addition to editing an annual magazine, she writes about people and research. In her off hours, she stalks backyard birds with her camera, bakes sourdough bread, merrily tumbles down genealogical rabbit holes, and practices aikido. She and Russell Holder BA ’80 have two grown daughters.

    • 01/27/2020

      Russell Holder BA ’80 is an attorney with the California Office of Legislative Counsel, where he provides nonpartisan legal services to the legislature, governor’s office, and others. Previously, he worked as a historical researcher and English teacher; earned a master’s degree in English with a creative writing emphasis; and lived and worked in Japan. He continues to write and practice martial arts, which he began at L&C. Holder recently endowed an Academy of American Poets prize for the English department in memory of his professor Vern Rutsala. He has two daughters with his wife, Kathleen Holder BA ’80, all of whom are his pride and joy.

    • 09/01/2011

      William Hupprich JD ’80 was promoted to vice president and general counsel of the Alaska Railroad Corporation.
 Hupprich can be reached at P.O. Box 17500, Anchorage, Alaska 99510-7500.

    • 06/25/2019

      Marianne Lewis BM ’80, organist and choir director at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish in Eastsound, Washington, performed at the opening of their Brown Bag Concert series last June.

    • 09/21/2017

      Marianne Schwanke Lewis BM ’80, organist and choir director for Emmanuel Episcopal Parish in Eastsound, Washington, performed for the 11th time last summer at the church as part of a brown bag all-Bach concert.

    • 10/14/2016

      Marianne Schwanke Lewis BM ’80, currently organist and choir director at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish in Eastsound, Washington, performed last summer in a fundraising concert for the Virgil Cleveland Memorial Scholarship benefiting local music students. A longtime piano and organ teacher, Lewis has played with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Symphonie Concertante, and the Orcas Choral Society (where she also served as interim director).

    • Whale’s Tails

      Dale S. MacHaffie JD ’80 has written Whale’s Tails, a novel that features parallel stories told through the activities of four young friends who live in two different centuries. College students Reggie and his best friend Tom have signed on as research assistants with an Oregon State University project based out of Newport, Oregon, that involves tagging humpback whales. Reggie’s ancestor George Page and George’s friend Thomas Payne live a scary and hard existence on a whaling ship in the 1850s. Reggie, who has inherited the journal in which George recorded his adventures, finds himself transported in his dreams back to the 1850s, where he shares George and Thomas’ experiences. Whale’s Tails, which is based on the real life of George Page, is filled with current events, whale facts, scientific observations, environmental crises—and action-packed adventure.

      Posted 07/25/2019
    • 09/28/2017

      Phil Moran BA ’80 has joined Tonkon Torp law firm in Portland as facilities manager. He also sits on the firm’s sustainability committee.

    • 07/02/2019

      Christopher James BA ’80 is a musician, composer, and producer. His third solo album, Grace from Persistence, was released in April 2019. Recorded over several months in Portland and New York City, it features more than 30 musicians. James’ music reflects a mix of genres, from jazz to classical to pop.

    • 10/13/2016

      Kathryn Smith Root BA ’80, JD ’84 was reappointed as chair of the ABA Family Law Section’s International Law Committee, effective August 2016. For 26 years, Root has focused her practice on family law, with an emphasis on international family law and custody disputes. She is a shareholder of Gevurtz Menashe.

    • 10/22/2015

      Kathryn Smith Root BA ’80, JD ’84 received the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Commendation on October 15, 2015, during the American Bar Association’s Family Law Section Fall Conference, held in Portland, Oregon. The award recognizes Root’s contributions to the U.S. Coast Guard’s 13th District’s Legal Assistance program from 2001 to 2015.

    • 09/01/2014

      Kathryn Smith Root BA ’80, JD ’84 was named a shareholder of Gevurtz Menashe. Root became of counsel with the firm in 2012. Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS) also announced that she will receive the 2014 Katherine H. O’Neil Volunteer Service Award, in honor of steadfast dedication and long-term volunteer service promoting women in the legal profession. Root focuses her family law practice on divorce and post-divorce cases involving complex property and financial issues, interstate and international child custody disputes, Hague child abduction matters, and relocation. She is a leading authority on interstate and international custody in the United States, having handled more than 100 contested interstate custody cases. Root also litigated the first petition filed in the U.S. District Court for Oregon under the Hague Convention in 1997.

    • 09/01/2011

      Kathryn Smith Root BA ’80, JD ’84 became the anchor partner and partner-in-charge of the newly opened Portland office of McKinley Irvin, a Seattle-based family law firm. Root, formerly a shareholder of Johnston, Root & Leibenguth, will continue to handle a broad range of family law cases with specific emphasis on interstate and international family law disputes, including international child abduction cases. She can be reached at 1500 S.W. First Avenue, Suite 920, Portland, Oregon 97201, 503-226-7986,

    • 09/01/2014

      Retired from her position at Sather, Byerly & Holloway. Sather was chair of the worker’s compensation section, received the Douglas W. Daughtry Award of Merit, and volunteered for countless CLE programs. She plans to study yoga and learn how to fly-fish in central Oregon.

    • 09/01/2013

      Retired after more than 32 years as an associate regional counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Denver regional office.

    • 01/22/2020

      Anita Shelton BA ’80 lives with her family in Seattle. She is in private practice as a perinatal acupuncturist and infant bodyworker, treating people who are pregnant or postpartum using acupuncture for common complications of pregnancy. She also treats newborns for neonatal problems, such as torticollis and feeding difficulties. Shelton is active in the #FridaysforFuture climate justice movement. She stays with Katherine White BS ’79 when taking continuing education courses.

    • 09/01/2011

      Mary Treiber JD ’80 moved to Barrow, Alaska, where she is the magistrate. She is one of two judicial officers serving the North Slope Borough. She can be contacted at Alaska Court System, P.O. Box 270, Barrow, Alaska 99723, 907-821-0678.

    • 09/21/2017

      Anne Weaver BS ’80, CEO of Elephant’s Delicatessen, the Portland-based eatery and caterer, is opening a new location in the event venue of Montgomery Park.